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5 easy exercise options when you're on the road

People who sit for long periods of time, lead sedentary lifestyles, or work in high-stress environments are prone to many serious health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, deep vein thrombosis, and more. Exercise is a great solution. It can help you feel better, boost your energy, manage your weight, and prevent work-related injuries.   Below are several exercises that use your own body weight as resistance. These can be performed in the office, around the truck, or at home. Be sure to consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.  
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Ensuring driver Safety around the vehicle

Working on and around a truck can expose a driver to potential injuries, which could be costly to one’s livelihood and lifestyle. Read the information below about preventing injuries around the truck, and then ask yourself how you can better protect yourself from harm.
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8 tips to help you pre-plan your next route

Planning your route in advance may seem burdensome at first, but in the long run may be worth it if it makes you safer, helps you avoid unnecessary delays, and cuts down on your stress. Below are eight trip-planning tips to help you be more efficient. Consider these ideas before your next dispatch and decide where you can make improvements.
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Take Your Risk Control Efforts to New Heights

Implementing an effective risk control technique requires advance analysis and planning. No one wants to expend resources on a solution that may look good on paper, but once implemented, fails to address the intended risk properly.   As you can see in the graphic below, eliminating hazards that increase the risk of a loss is the most effective risk control technique. Eliminating a hazard could be as simple as changing a driver’s route to avoid a specific hazard or removing a defective piece of equipment from the shop.
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Road rage: How to protect yourself

Road rage is a criminal offense that can result in jail time. Road rage occurs when one driver commits an act of violence against another road user, such as a motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian. An act of violence can include using your vehicle as a weapon, dueling another vehicle in a reckless chase, or getting out of your vehicle and brandishing a weapon with the intent to injure another driver. Rarely is road rage triggered by a single incident. Rather, it is usually the last straw in a long series of stressors. Read the information below to learn how to protect yourself from others with road rage or identify when road rage is an issue for you. If it is, below are suggestions for helping you to control your behavior.
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Vehicle inspections: a 15-point list

49 CFR Part 396.13 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations specifies a driver’s responsibilities before operating a commercial motor vehicle. Below is an abbreviated list to remind you of the tasks to complete each day and the areas of the vehicle to inspect. For additional information, refer to 49 CFR Part 396 - Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance.
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5 Steps of Managing Risk

All motor carriers share one thing in common: managing risk, a task that is key to profitability. Regardless of fleet size, every motor carrier strives to minimize the risks that can lead to financial losses. For those new to risk management, the concepts and techniques used may feel overwhelming, even confusing. That’s okay.   To help you ease into this world, review the graphic below; it demonstrates a five-step risk management process. Keep in mind, this example is not intended to be all-inclusive, and you may choose to expand your own process beyond five steps. This example is simply for educational purposes but spotlights a common risk all motor carriers face: rear-end crashes.
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To All the Truck Drivers, we Say Thank You!

    At Great West Casualty Company, we are committed to being a trusted and dependable partner to those who make their living transporting our nation’s goods. With more than 65 years of serving motor carriers, Great West takes pride in being there when you need us.
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Ask the safety rep: Regulatory updates

ARE DRIVERS STILL REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THEIR ANNUAL LIST OF TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS? As of May 8, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) eliminated the annual requirement for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers.
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Brake Safety Week is nearing - are you ready?

  Source: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance   The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 21-27, 2022. Enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles throughout the week. Vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations, or other critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected. Vehicles that pass eligible inspections may receive a CVSA Password-Inspection decal.
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